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TCSO Seeks Teens Abused by Suspect to Come Forward


TCSO Seeks Teens Abused by Suspect to Come Forward

In April of 2023, TCSO responded to a report of sexual abuse of a child. The victim, a 14-year- old female, was reportedly groomed via Instagram by suspect ASHTON POPP, 24, of San Marcos.

TCSO’s investigation thus far indicates the suspect began grooming the victim when she entered 7th grade.

On June 26, 2023, detectives had collected enough evidence to issue a warrant for his arrest. The arrest warrant was executed on July 4, 2023.
In the weeks that followed, TCSO’s investigation has revealed the strong likelihood there are additional victims in the Austin/Travis County area. TCSO is asking victims or the parents of potential victims to come forward. They may call the TCSO tip line at 512-854-1444 or call 911 to report their involvement with the suspect. TCSO’s Victim Services Unit works hand in hand with detectives throughout the entire process to serve the special needs of victims of sexual abuse. Detectives also take meticulous measures to protect the identity of young victims.
Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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